RICHARD KAY: New attack on 'Queen Wag' Kate

By Richard Kay

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After the furore over  Hilary Mantel’s venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, whom she described as a ‘shop-window mannequin’ with a ‘plastic smile’, you might have thought writers would think twice about putting pen to paper on the subject.

Not a bit of it.

For just three months after the Booker Prize-winner faced a furious backlash for her comments — which even earned a reprimand from the Prime Minister — human rights activist Joan Smith dismisses the former Kate Middleton as ‘unambitious and bland’ and Britain’s ‘Queen Wag.’

Human rights activist Joan Smith dismisses the former Kate Middleton as 'unambitious and bland' and Britain's 'Queen Wag'

Human rights activist Joan Smith dismisses the former Kate Middleton as 'unambitious and bland' and Britain's 'Queen Wag'

In her new book The Public Woman, Ms Smith a republican, who turned down an MBE for her campaigning work, devotes an entire chapter to hapless Kate, which she entitles Queen Wag.

‘By the age of 30, the new Duchess of Cambridge had done little since leaving university except play a supporting role to her boyfriend, marry him with great pomp and ceremony and get pregnant,’ she writes.

In her new book The Public Woman, Ms Smith a republican, who turned down an MBE for her campaigning work, devotes an entire chapter to hapless Kate

In her new book The Public Woman, Ms Smith a republican, who turned down an MBE for her campaigning work, devotes an entire chapter to hapless Kate

‘She had never really enjoyed an independent identity or income — even her clothes were paid for by her father-in-law — and didn’t seem to aspire to either. 

‘Unambitious, uncontroversial and bland, Kate Middleton was Queen Wag in everything but name.’ 

Best known for her Loretta Lawson crime novels, Smith’s new tome is all about what she sees as the backlash against gender equality and its ‘staggering viciousness’.

Reading University-educated Joan, 59, has not been without interesting men in her own life.

She was married to Old Harrovian satirist Francis Wheen for eight years and then was the live-in love of disgraced MP Denis MacShane, who was suspended from the Labour Party for using fake receipts in his parliamentary expenses.

The Duchess, she contends, has become famous ‘not for her achievements but her willingness to play the most traditional feminine role of all: waiting for a husband, getting married and not long afterwards becoming pregnant’. 

Referring to those who have been branded Wags, Smith cites Coleen Rooney and Cheryl Cole, then adds of Kate: ‘It’s all the more telling that the prime candidate, the woman who arguably deserved the title more than anyone, never appeared on lists of the country’s leading contenders.’

Desperate measures for Eva after Cannes diamond raid

Eva Longoria was told by Swiss jewellery house Chopard that she would have to be accompanied by a security guard as she dressed in glittering gems for a charity gala at the Carlton Hotel

Eva Longoria was told by Swiss jewellery house Chopard that she would have to be accompanied by a security guard as she dressed in glittering gems for a charity gala at the Carlton Hotel

It’s the kind of extreme measure usually reserved for royalty, not Hollywood stars. 

But just days after diamonds worth £650,000 were seized from a safe in Cannes, no one is taking any chances. 

Eva Longoria was told by Swiss jewellery house Chopard that she would have to be accompanied by a security guard as she dressed in glittering gems for a charity gala at the Carlton Hotel.

At one point during the evening — where guests included Jane Fonda and Marion Cotillard — the Desperate Housewives star was even escorted to the bathroom when she went to powder her nose. 

Eva’s philanthropist friend and co-host Ella Krasner, who also had a burly bodyguard to watch over her de Grisogono baubles, says: ‘We were both told we would have to have a guard each to follow us all evening. 

‘They were everywhere we turned. They were even there as we got dressed for the event and whenever we went to the ladies’ to fix our make-up. 

‘Eva and I kept on looking over at each other thinking: “This is crazy!” At one point I had to turn around and say to mine: “It’s OK, I’m not going to run off with these beautiful diamonds to the Caribbean or anything.” 

‘But all the top jewellery brands are trying to avoid another robbery. It has been the talk of Cannes.’

Dragons’ Den winner Levi Roots has Royal approval

Dragons’ Den winner Levi Roots, who has earned a fortune since gaining £50,000 backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce, has fans in the most unexpected places, he says.

‘I went to a dinner and Prince Charles was there,’ he says.

‘I thought they would put me on some far table in the corner, but I was on the table next to him.’

Dragons' Den winner Levi Roots, who has earned a fortune since gaining £50,000 backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce, has revealed he has a royal fan - Prince Charles

Dragons' Den winner Levi Roots, who has earned a fortune since gaining £50,000 backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce, has revealed he has a royal fan - Prince Charles

He tells Waitrose magazine: ‘After dinner we got talking and I tried to introduce myself, but he said, “Don’t worry Levi, you are well-known in our household.” A few months later I met Camilla and I tried to say who I was, but she knew who I was too. I feel I have got the royal seal of approval.’

It appears they hold Roots — real name Keith Valentine Graham — in higher esteem than High Court Judge Mark Pelling QC who, during a legal battle over the origins of the spicy sauce two years ago (which Roots won), said the 54-year-old ‘regards truth as an optional extra’.

Chelsea’s elephant in the room

Not all of the aristocracy wants to see the Government end centuries-old laws of succession so titles and fortunes can pass down through the female line.

Viscount Chelsea, heir to the Earl Cadogan’s £3.6 billion estate, says: ‘The system works, so why change it?’

Speaking at the launch of the Animal Ark initiative on Sloane Street — funded by Priya Vandrevala, pictured with Elephant Family founder Mark Shand — Lord Chelsea, 47, whose sister, Lady Anna-Karina, is two years older than him, says: ‘With the inheritance thing, it’s been like that for a thousand years.

Speaking at the launch of the Animal Ark initiative on Sloane Street (funded by Priya Vandrevala, pictured with Elephant Family founder Mark Shand)

Speaking at the launch of the Animal Ark initiative on Sloane Street (funded by Priya Vandrevala, pictured with Elephant Family founder Mark Shand) Viscount Chelsea said current laws of succession 'work' and shouldn't change so fortunes can pass down through the female line

‘Changing it after all this time could be really complicated. I think we’re better off sticking with the system we have.

‘Don’t get me wrong: I have no problem with women at the helm of a family, but it all needs thinking through a bit more.

‘I’m very lucky. I have been blessed with two sons — an heir and a spare.’

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Proof, if it were still required, that the planet-sized ego of BBC creative director Alan Yentob knows no bounds.

The 66-year-old appears at next month’s Sheffield DocFest, where he will be talking about himself.

A puff for this event states: ‘Alan Yentob is an institution in his own right, with a career that spans six decades at the BBC . . .  ‘Join Alan in conversation to hear about his incomparable career.’

I wonder if he will also take the opportunity to discuss his vast,  publicly funded pension, which as far back as 2004 was said to  be £2.8 million?

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He is one of our theatrical aristocracy, but Derek Jacobi says it is up to his more illustrious co-star and fellow knight Sir Ian McKellen if they are to reunite for a second series of Vicious, the sitcom about bickering gays.

‘It’s a whole new world for me,’ says Sir Derek. ‘I’ve only ever done something like that once when I guested on Frasier playing a bad Shakespearean actor — which I was born to do!

‘But we had a wonderful script and hopefully we’ll have a second series. We’ve done a Christmas special to remind people we’re still around.

‘Ian is such a movie star  and he’s not free — goddamn him! — until this time next year.’

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PS We may have seen the last of her as M (she was bumped off in the most recent Bond), but Judi Dench will be among real national heroes this afternoon in the West End.

Our grandest theatrical dame will be at the Bomber Command memorial — opened by the Queen last year — to launch an appeal. Dame Judi is a patron of the new Upkeep Club, dedicated to meeting the £1.5 million maintenance bill from Westminster Council.

She joins a growing list of supporters for a memorial first championed by Bee Gee Robin Gibb. Dame Judi was eager to help, I gather, because her late husband, actor Michael Williams, served in the RAF.

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Kate will have a happy family and loving husband. Something this woman has never had. The fact that Kate is beautiful besides seems to really stick in this woman's craw. She'd better be careful she doesn't choke on her own bile. Every woman should have the right to choose which way she wants to live, whether mother or career or both if she can handle it. The idea that other women would criticize their own for their choice is sad. There's a reason envy is one of the deadly sins. Live your own life your own way and let others do the same.

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I don't know about that, Sarah. If you go to IMDb Angelina's board is a testament to her popularity among other females. Sure, a few males there, but it is female driven in praise. Same thing with Jennifer's board. She certainly has her fans as well. There's a reason why those two are so popular among women. Some are fans of one, some fans of the another. I take no stand; I think they are both fine at what they do. The fact remains, the older females here remember vividly how Diana took the world by storm. I was in NYC the first time she visited that city. The news told us not to go if possible, as it would be utter chaos. Seemed the world went mad for Diana, and it was mostly females who drove that phenom. None of them were jealous. I'm sure there were people with reservations against Diana as well but we didn't know about them. No internet then. No, Kate does not inspire jealousy. Just a bewildering disappointment. They're just like the other rich toffs in their circle of friends.

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My initial comment is being red arrowed & I want to explain my statement. Please look at Angelina Jolie. You will not find a female who dedicates more of her personal finances or time to charity. She is also financially independent. Does she receive accolades from other females for her charity work or success? NO!!! Women cut her down for multiple reasons. It's my opinion that even if Kate was a career woman devoted to multiple charities women would still rip her apart. You will never hear men man such nasty, catty comments about other men. Women ENJOY tearing other women apart.

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You know there are millions of girls out there who date get married have a baby without doing much more than Catherine. Someone like myself!!!! Thank you Leave the woman alone!!!- Martha, Atlanta, United Kingdom, 22/5/2013 2:53 You must be proud of yourself then. The point is that William is fully aware of his position as a future representative of his country and hence it must have crossed his mind that his wife would share this position and therefore someone who just wants to "date, get married and have a baby without doing much more" would not be exactly suitable for the role. He might have married you just as well Martha, I see absoutely no difference (and there is not hidden compliment).

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Joan Smith looks like a witch, warts and all.....she can stick a sock in it.

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It is a strategy, attack a person to attack an idea. Kate should take no notice.

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The comments from the palace generally contain one or more of the following elements: Jealous, haters, bitter, nasty, leave her alone, breath of fresh air, give her a chance, give her a break, poor girl I feel sorry for her, she cannot defend herself, she is trapped by her position, she can`t win, damned if she does damned if she doesn`t, she`s done nothing wrong. . . . They will proceed to attack the person who struck a nerve by being too truthful. They will also talk about how passionately in love soul mates Kate and William are. It is a formula they follow every single article. Over and over and over. Very tiresome.

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"play a supporting role to her boyfriend" One can say the same thing about Prince Phillip. Look, being in a supporting role is exactly what a wife to a future king does. She understands her role and she is doing it marvelously. What does she expect Kate to do? Join some political party? Work in a 9 to 5 job? Become a product spokesperson? Her job is to be supportive of her husband who will later on take on a very burdened job. Is this woman speaking from jealousy?

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At one time women were told by society that being a wife and mother was the only acceptable role and now we are told that our only role is to be a ball busting career woman whether we want it or not. I thought that feminism was supposed to free us from societal straight jackets but instead we are in another trap and not allowed to do live our lives as we wish. If a woman chooses to be a career woman and it makes her happy why does she care if another woman chooses to be a wife and mother? I thought we were living in a so called free country?Why cant we leave each othe alone to live the lives we choose? Me thinks there might be jealousy involved.

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How can she claim to know what Kate is about? Oh, right, she wants to sell a book. And, because she's selling a book she can claim self-righteousness. Give me a break. She has no idea what Kate has done. Work is work. Now matter what kind it may be. Being a wife and mother is work. She has royal duties as well. She has given up a private life for the monarch. Why? Because she loves a man that happens to be a future king. Let her be what she is meant to be, which is quite an honorable profession: WIFE AND SOON-TO-BE MOTHER.

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